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How long is residency and what is an internship?

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How long is residency and what is an internship?

Residency vs. Internship

The question “how long is residency” is one that seems to confuse almost everyone. Also, the idea of “what is a medical internship” is confusing as well. That’s because a medical internship is a completely different animal than a typical internship, say in business, public relations or social work.

how long is residency

Here’s the quick answer to both questions:

What is an Internship?

The first year of a medical residency is called an internship. Essentially, a first year resident is completing their medical internship.

How long is a residency?

Medical residencies last from 3-7 years in total. Most medical residencies are four years long, with surgical residencies being five years long. A neurosurgery residency is the longest, at seven years. Here’s a list of different  residencies and their length:

Emergency Medicine3-4 years
Family Practice3 years
Internal Medicine3 years
Pediatrics3 years
Obstetrics-Gynecology4 years
Pathology4 years
Psychiatry4 years
General Surgery5 years
Neurosurgery7 years
Orthopedic Surgery5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)
Otolaryngology5 years
Urology5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)
Plastic Surgery6 years
Anesthesiology3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Dermatology3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Neurology3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Ophthalmology3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Physical Medicine3-4 years
Diagnostic Radiology4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Radiation Oncology4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary
Transitional/Preliminary1 year

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